ה וְכֹל שִׂיחַ הַשָּׂדֶה, טֶרֶם יִהְיֶה בָאָרֶץ, וְכָל-עֵשֶׂב הַשָּׂדֶה, טֶרֶם יִצְמָח: כִּי לֹא הִמְטִיר ה אֱ-לֹהִים, עַל-הָאָרֶץ, וְאָדָם אַיִן, לַעֲבֹד אֶת-הָאֲדָמָה.
5 No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to work the ground;
The Gemara explains that the work that man was expected to do was ask for rain.
All he would be expected to do is ask.
Asking is working. If more is still required, then that’s more work. But asking is working.
Ask any fundraiser.
Ask any professional salaried grant-writer.
Asking is working.